Following her interview, Steph also shared her top-recommended resources that have helped her in building knowledge and confidence when it comes to charging, and understanding rates.
Let’s Talk Pricing was set up earlier this year, with the goal of building a community where people can ask for pricing advice from fellow artists who have experience in the industry. At the moment it’s a Twitter and a Facebook group, but I think it really has the potential to be a huge resource for illustrators and artists in the future.
The Association of Illustrators might not be able to give exact figures on recommended rates, but it’s an incredible resource that can help with licensing, contracts, and making sure you’re in the right ballpark with your rates.
Hire an Illustrator offers pricing advice to their members.
Study Hall is a newsletter and online support network for media workers (mostly journalists and writers). They have a Patreon where for £2 a month you get a weekly report on industry news. Higher tiers also give you access to their community forum, job listings, a blacklist of clients that don’t pay, pitch guides, FAQs, and other resources. Even though I’m not a writer, I joined since I do lots of editorial work so I like to keep up to date on the media industry.
I’ve also heard that the Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines is another good place to start.
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This article is part of a new series opening up conversation surrounding how the industry works in financial terms, and to encourage further transparency. You can read more about that here. And to see more of Steph’s work, visit stephcoathupe.com.